World-renowned architect Ieoh Ming Pei, commonly known as I.M. Pei,
has died at the age of 102 at his home in Manhattan, according to multiple reports on Thursday.
Praised as “one of the most revered architects in the world” by The New York Times, Pei has le
ft the world many of its most well-known architectural designs, among many other intangible heritages.
Pei’s modern designs and high-profile projects led him to be considered one of the most high-prof
ile architects of the 20th century, with the renovation of Paris’ Louvre Museum perhaps the most famo
us project he embarked on. He was also involved in the building of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland.
What Pei valued most in architecture, as he put it, was that it must “stand th
e test of time”. He also valued simplicity: “The simpler the solution, the more powerful it is,” he once said.
April, despite the continuing downward trend of the automotive market, Securities Daily reported on Wednesday.
From January to April, the country’s NEVs market experienced strong gro
wth of sales and production, recording a year-on-year increase of 59.8 percent and 58.5 p
ercent, respectively, according to China Association of Automobile Manufacturers (CAAM).
China sold 97,000 NEVs last month, an increase of 18.1 percent year-on
-year, while the output reached 102,000, up 25 percent compared with a year earlier.
Pure electric vehicles saw a rise in both sales and output by 9.6 percent and 28.2 percent, respectively, to 71,000 units and 82,000 u
nits in April. Besides, about 26,000 plug-in hybrid vehicles were sold during the same period, surging by 50.9 p
ercent from a year earlier, and the output increased 13.6 percent to 20,000 units.
f the year until July or August, when the market may see a recovery, Xu Haidong, assistant to
the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers’ secretary-general, told the newspaper.
The reason for the slowdown in China’s automotive market lies in the lack of consumer confidence, according to CA
AM. In addition, the upcoming stricter Nation VI emission standards, market expectation for the country’s stimulating spe
nding policy and a strong wait-and-see mood, are all contributing to the bleak picture, the association said.
With the actual policy effects from tax cuts and fees reduction
s, a promising consumer market boosted by infrastructure investment, the country’s a
utomobile market will have a stable development throughout the year, said the association.
lower-income－some growing and others not) developing countries will be of huge importance in red
ucing poverty further. Although these countries face significant headwinds, they could also seize imp
ortant new growth opportunities－especially with the help of digital platforms.
The headwinds are certainly considerable. For starters, advances in digital technolo
gies－robotics, machine learning, sensors, and vision－directly threaten the labor-intensive manu
facturing and assembly upon which lower-income, nonresource-rich economies have traditionally relied.
Moreover, climate change has had its greatest economic impact on the tropical and subtropical regio
ns where most of the lower-income countries are located. The effects of global warming are highly disrup
tive in fragile economies, and, taken together, constitute a major new obstacle to growthle